Best cages for long distance/bike packing? Current ones waste space [photos inside]

Especially for light weight issues concerning cyclocross / touring bikes & parts.

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Shrike
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by Shrike

At the moment I can either have my bottles or my frame pack in the triangle. But looking at it you can see there's actually a lot of space being wasted and the cages have their bolt holes too high up. Is there a cage guys are using to solve this? Must be a ton of riders who've worked out how to max out this area already! With these cages I can't use the lower bolt hole on the downtube.

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CarlosFerreiro
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by CarlosFerreiro

A couple of Wolftooth options
https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/products/morse-cage
https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/col ... ory-device

I've also used these Zefal sideloader cages, which have a long slotted mount that gives a fair amount of choice of cage position, but the backplate, with the stop for the bottle can also be removed, and I've used that to hold a large bottle slid all the way down to the BB. Not great for drinking on the move, but fine for loading up with things you'll only need access to when stopped.
http://www.zefal.com/en/bottle-cages-th ... -wiiz.html

Shrike
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by Shrike

Nice cheers! I noticed on this page:
https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/col ... ory-device

it shoes two side loading cages, but they don't seem to have them on their website. The traditional style cages don't play well together I'm finding, but the side loading options look class.

I see a guy used them here, but the seattube mounted one doesn't really go down so far. You could fit in a large bottle if it had better mount hole adjustability..

https://advntr.cc/first-look-zefal-wiiz ... tle-cages/

CarlosFerreiro
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by CarlosFerreiro

Yeah, same issue on the seattube of my SuperX (it fits lower, but not super low), but with the backplate removed (centre piece in the top photo) and just mounting the "cage" part (right piece in the photo) the bottle can then be slid further down.
Works fine like that for carrying a larger bottle of water, but not for drinking on the move. Has still had a solid enough grip on the bottles for me, even on rough Highland tracks, but you could rubberband the cage opening or something if you needed more than that.

Photo in this Strava ride, if it's public public.
Not the cleanest soution, but a hack that worked ok.
https://www.strava.com/activities/1684148344

Shrike
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by Shrike

You nailed it, that's exactly what I'm looking to achieve! Cheers, will go that route :)

markdjr
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by markdjr

The universal support bolt is another option, I used it in conjuction with the Wolftooth B-Rad bases to maximize space in the triangle.

http://www.kingcage.com/index.php?products=yes

frogtape777
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by frogtape777

Another possible option £14 a go, carbon, and very minimal, great bottle mounting snap in and out action


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MikeD
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by MikeD

CarlosFerreiro wrote:A couple of Wolftooth options
https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/products/morse-cage
https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/col ... ory-device

I've also used these Zefal sideloader cages, which have a long slotted mount that gives a fair amount of choice of cage position, but the backplate, with the stop for the bottle can also be removed, and I've used that to hold a large bottle slid all the way down to the BB. Not great for drinking on the move, but fine for loading up with things you'll only need access to when stopped.
http://www.zefal.com/en/bottle-cages-th ... -wiiz.html
Nice!

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brewsmith
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by brewsmith

Pretty sure king cage makes some with different offsets and they have a side loading version in the works

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